Non Fiction

Yes, I’m Hot in This: The Hilarious Truth about Life in a Hijab by Huda Fahmy

Title: Yes, I’m Hot In This

Author: Huda Fahmy

Pages: 192 pages (E-book)

Genre: Non-fiction

Publication Date: December 11, 2018

Publisher: Adams Media

Popular Instagram cartoonist and Muslim-American Huda Fahmy presents a hilarious, relatable, and painfully honest new collection of comics that break down barriers and show how universal our everyday problems, worries, and joys actually are.
At some point in our lives, we’ve all felt a little out of place. Huda Fahmy has found it’s a little more difficult to fade into the crowd when wearing a hijab.
In Yes, I’m Hot in This, Huda navigates the sometimes-rocky waters of life from the unique perspective of a Muslim-American woman, breaking down misconceptions of her culture one comic at a time. From recounting the many questions she gets about her hijab every day (yes, she doeshave hair) and explaining how she runs in an abaya (just fine, thank you) to dealing with misconceptions about Muslims, Yes, I’m Hot in This tackles universal feelings from an point of view we don’t hear from nearly enough.
Every one of us have experienced love, misunderstanding, anger, and a deep desire for pizza. In Yes, I’m Hot in This, Huda’s clever comics demonstrate humor’s ability to bring us together, no matter how different we may appear on the surface.

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Yes, I’m Hot In This by Huda Fahmy is both hilarious and heartbreaking. It portrays what it’s like to wear a Hijab and visibly be a Muslim in America(or just in today’s world.)

The book through its illustrations, portrays the stereotyping of the religion and subtly calls out on the hypocrisy/double standard of people and media.

It calls out on how terribly wrong and faulty the Muslim Reps are in movies and how there’s not enough women of colour on-screen.

Huda Fahmy points out how people are always ready with unwarranted half boiled judgements on Muslim men and women alike. And pass on insensitive generalised comments on how Muslim men are controlling and how Muslim women are unfree and dominated – all based on JUST a piece of clothing.

She also talks about the regular bullying she is subjected to for being a Hijabi!

At the end the book has a Glossary that provides us with simple meanings of ‘dreadful’ terms like ‘Allahu Akbar’, ‘Gehad’, ‘Halal’, ‘Hijabi’ etc.

Also, I got learned a thing or two from this book. Like when you ask “Where are you from?” and they say US/whatever, it’s not okay to ask “No, where are you really from?”. Rather frame the question as “What’s your ethnic origin?”

My Rating: 5/5

‘Yes, I’m Hot In This is available in Hardcover and E-book.

Buy Links : Amazon(IN), Amazon(UK)

Contemporary · Romance · Young Adult


Title: Our Year Of Maybe

Author: Rachel Lynn Solomon

Pages: 384 pages (Paperback)

Genre: Diverse Romance, Young Adult

Publication Date: January 15, 2019

Publisher: Simon Pulse

Aspiring choreographer Sophie Orenstein would do anything for Peter Rosenthal-Porter, who’s been on the kidney transplant list as long as she’s known him. Peter, a gifted pianist, is everything to Sophie: best friend, musical collaborator, secret crush.


Non Fiction

THE FREELANCE MUM: A flexible career guide for better work-life balance by ANNIE RIDOUT | Book Review

Title: The Freelance Mum

Author: Annie Ridout

Pages: 288 pages (Paperback)

Genre: Non-fiction

Publication Date: January 10, 2019

Publisher: Fourth Estate

More time with your kids, making the money you know you’re worth and a better work/life balance. No wonder more women than ever are choosing to be become freelance mums.
In the last decade, 70% more mums have chosen to go freelance. Annie Ridout was one of them. And in her enlightening new book, she shares the tips and tricks that helped her build a better working life around her family.
From choosing a career and launching a website, to getting your name out there and perfecting your brand, to the nitty gritty of childcare options and daily routines, The Freelance Mum is a comprehensive guide to setting out on your own path.
Using her own experience, alongside advice from other mums that make it work, including Arianna Huffington, Scummy Mummies, Carrie-Anne Roberts, Robyn Wilder, Zoe de Pass, Cherry Healey, Sali Hughes and Anna Jones, Annie will show that with hard work and determination, any mother can thrive as a freelancer.

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Quite comprehensive and an useful guide for all freelance Mums to help you manage work and personal life better.

The book starts with a short introduction and a section explaining why to go freelance. Though it stresses on Mums struggling with time management, it can be an useful a guide for anyone who’s struggling with work/life balance and is not happy or satisfied with their current job.(But then you’ll have to skim some parts)

From here Annie Ridout very slowly and extensively goes through the sections on how to set your daily routine around your baby’s nap time to how to brand yourself and spread the word out.

She guides you on how to efficiently switch your mum mode to work mode back and forth and really has a substantial portion on how to divide your day.

She talks about the very touchy and tricky topic of money. Of how to decide a rate and on how to negotiate it.

She even thoroughly guides you on how to set up your social media profile and blog. When I say thoroughly I do mean it. She talks about Instagram, Twitter, Facebook separately and exhaustively. On how to stand out, to how to get followers to the apps that she uses to schedule posts and edit photos. She also has some great SEO tips and tricks.😉

I’m really impressed on how rigorous this study is and the real life experiences from so many freelance mums adds the cherry on the top!

My Rating: 5/5

‘The Freelance Mum is available in Paperback and E-book.

Buy Links : Amazon(IN), Amazon(UK)

Mystery/Suspense · Thriller · Young Adult

SHE WAS THE QUIET ONE by MICHELE CAMPBELL | Book Review (Contains one minor spoiler)

Title: She Was The Quiet One

Author: Michele Campbell

Pages: 444 pages (Paperback)

Genre: Psychological Thriller, Suspense

Publication Date: January 10, 2018

Publisher: HQ

For Rose Enright, enrolling in a prestigious New England boarding school is the opportunity of a lifetime. But for Rose’s vulnerable twin sister Bel, Odell Academy is a place of temptation and danger. When Bel falls in with a crowd of wild rich kids who pressure her into hazing Rose, the sisters’ relationship is shattered. Rose turns to her dorm mother, Sarah Donovan, for advice. But Bel turns to Sarah’s husband Heath, a charismatic and ambitious teacher. Is Heath trying to help Bel or take advantage of her? In a world of privilege, seduction, and manipulation, only one sister will live to tell the truth.

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She Was The Quiet One is a compelling psychological thriller and turned out to be different from what I expected it to be. I expected the drama to mainly revolve around Sarah and Heath’s relationship while Bel and Rose being a part of it. But what I got was a teen hostel drama with mean girls and their far fetched bullying.😅

It begins with Bel and Rose’s mother passing away and their Grandmother taking up their guardianship and eventually enrolling them at a posh and prestigious boarding school Odell. Once there, Rose gets Sarah as her mentor and Bel gets Heath. And the drama starts to unfold….

It’s not that twisty but the thrill is there. You know one of the sister died but you don’t know which one and it was a great element of the storytelling.

The writing is effortless and weaves together a simple plot with complicated emotions. The combination is captivating.

The characters… umm.. well I found Heath and Sarah’s quite intriguing while that of Bel’s somewhat annoying.

The relationships and the turns they took were definitely real in all their forms. Their fears, selfishness and care. I think that is what stood out the most to me.

There was a part where Bel finally realises that what she felt about Heath was a strong admiration and not romantic love. At an young age it can hard to confront and look through these feelings. I know because I myself have had such feelings for a boy I admired. And had a tough time differentiating and validating my specific feeling of such strong admiration. Which can very easily be confused with love. But even if it gets requited it can’t fulfil your desire because you never wanted that from them in first place. You wanted the attention and the validation from them.

I have a contradicting feeling the about the climax. It felt bit stretched but there also was quite an adrenaline rush!🤷‍♀️

My Rating: 3.75/5

She Was The Quiet One’ is available as Paperback, Hardcover, E-book and Audio book.

Buy Links : Amazon(IN), Amazon(UK)

Non Fiction

For The Ones Who Have Been Foolish In Love | Hidden Heartbreak by Emma Lee | Book Review

Title: Hidden Heartbreak

Author: Emma Lee

Pages: 224 pages (Paperback)

Genre: Graphic Novel, Non-fiction

Publication Date: January 8, 2019

Publisher: Andrews McMeel Publishing

From the popular Instagram project, @HiddenHeartbreak, comes a book for anyone who’s had to get over an ex, offering honesty, laughter, and a reminder that you’re not alone.

Hidden Heartbreak follows the progression of a doomed relationship from blissful beginning to devastating end, capturing the all-encompassing and blinding euphoria of love as well as the crushing doubt and disappointment that accompany a breakup. In comics that are relatable, vulnerable, and often funny, as well as interactive pieces that invite readers to process their own heartbreak, Emma Lee charts a path forward, reminding us that the heart is a resilient thing.

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Hidden Heartbreak is a graphic novel featuring the course of an affair that ends on a bad break up.

Though it claims to portray the “progression of a doomed relationship from blissful beginning to devastating end”, there was no blissful beginning to begin with! Only the “all blinding euphoria of love” that makes you ignore all the red flags that were present from the very start.

The illustrations were pretty good and definitely funny and relatable for anyone who’s been foolish in love. Who’s ever tried to nurse an emotionally unavailable soul and have been devastated when their love-potion did not work. It’s for anyone who has struggled over a break-up.

There were even activity sheets in-between for reader’s participation. It enquired from what were the first signs we ignored to what closure meant to us. I felt it was pretty thoughtful.
But the book was unnecessarily long that resulted in repetitive illustrations. Also, I felt the punch was missing somewhere. All over the book was nothing amazing to stick with you. But also, it was not bad. I’ll give it a 3.5 out of 5.

My Rating: 3.5/5

‘Hidden Heartbreak’ is available as Paperback and E-book.

Buy Links : Amazon(IN)Amazon(UK), Amazon(US)        

Mystery/Suspense · Thriller

The Fifth To Die by J.D.Baker | Book Review

Title: The Fifth To Die

Author: J. D. Baker

Pages: 144 pages (Hardcover)

Genre: Crime Thriller, Suspense

Publication Date: December 27, 2018

Publisher: HQ


It’s a family affair. 

In the midst of one of the worst winters Chicago has seen in years, the body of missing teenager Ella Reynolds is discovered under the surface of a frozen lake. She’s been missing for three weeks…the lake froze over three months ago. 

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